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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Today in history—January 30

Pocahontas 1615: Disney heroine Pocahontas gives birth to her only child by her English husband, John Rolfe.  They name him Thomas.

1649: Charles I of England is beheaded.  He's not the only English monarch to be put to death, but the only one to be killed by Parliament.

1781: The U.S. Articles of Confederation are ratified by the 13th state, Maryland.

1820: Sailors on a British survey ship under the command of Edward Bransfield become the first Europeans to find the continent of Antarctica.

1835: Unemployed house painter Richard Lawrence fires two pistols point-blank at President Andrew Jackson, but both misfire, and Jackson proceeds to attack Lawrence with his cane.

1847: The little village of Yerba Buena changes its name to San Francisco, California.

Uss_monitor 1862: The Continental Iron Works of Brooklyn launches the U.S.S. Monitor, (left) the first ironclad warship built from scratch, less than four months after getting the order from the U.S. Navy.

1882: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Columbia Law 1908) is born at Hyde Park, New York.

1928: Broadway impresario Harold Smith "Hal" Prince (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita) is born at New York City.

1941: Richard Bruce Cheney, the only former member of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers elected Vice President, is born at Lincoln,  Nebraska.

1958: Dallas's Love Field puts the first two-way "moving sidewalk" into operation.

1972: Pakistan withdraws from the British Commonwealth.

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